Of The Furies, Fernanda Eberstadt8217;s last novel, Alexandra Jacobs wrote in the New York Observer that it 8220;veers pretty close to genius . . . Eberstadt is an expert, sensual, and at times truly breathtaking conjurer of New York City.8221; With Rat, Eberstadt has found a new setting she knows well, the South of France, and the story she tells is original, powerful, and heartrending8212;about a child8217;s search for a father she has never known.Rat is fifteen-year-old Celia Bonnet, who lives with her unmarried mother, Vanessa, a free-spirited local beauty, in a farmhouse compound with other single-parent families in the Pyr233;n233;es Orientales, a gorgeous but forlorn Mediterranean no-man8217;s-land just north of the Spanish Catalan border. Rat is the result of a one-night encounter between Vanessa and Gillem, the son of a London model from the 1960s, who used to spend summers in the area and whom Rat has never spoken to or met. But when Vanessa8217;s current boyfriend starts preying on Morgan, the orphaned nine-year-old who is Rat8217;s adopted brother, she decides to take Morgan and run away to her father in London. As the novel unfolds, the two children undertake a difficult journey to find the man who might finally explain to Rat who she is and where she belongs.This is an enthralling novel with a luminous sense of place8212;both physical and emotional8212;and, at its core, a bold, engaging young heroine for our times.From the Hardcover edition.
Teenage Celia (known as "Rat") lives a wild-child lifestyle with her free-spirit mother Vanessa in the South of France, dreaming about her absent father who conceived her during a 1960s one-night stand. When Vanessa's boyfriend makes ****** advances on Morgan, a nine-year-old orphan, Rat and Morgan flee towards London where Rat hopes to find her missing father. Fernanda Eberstadt's stylish fourth novel is a modern fairytale filled with dirty truths and unexpected lessons.
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- Vintage Books
- March 22, 2011
- March 22, 2011
- Fernanda Eberstadt